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Mir Amateur Radio Status August 11, 1998



To:       All Satellite Enthusiasts
From:          Miles Mann, MAREX-NA
Subject:  Mir Amateur Project Status
Date:          Aug 11, 1998


SSTV Project:

Hello everyone.
The MAREX-NA Mir SSTV (Kenwood  TM-V7A / Tasco ) system has passed all of
the Russian Space
safety certification testing!
The MAREX-NA Mir SSTV has been certified for use on the Space Station Mir
and the approval to
fly has been signed. Congratulations everyone for a job well done.
The exact date for the launch has not been chosen at this time.  There are
three possible
flight opportunities between October 98 and March 1999.  We will keep you
informed as
information comes in.

Mir Life Span:
The current plan is to keep the Mir Space Station occupied until
approximately June/July 1999.
After this date, the manned crew will leave the Mir Station and return to
earth.  A remotely
controlled booster will dock with the Mir station and then fly the Mir
station towards a
controlled landing location in the Pacific ocean a few months later.  If
the occupation of
the International Space Station  (Alpha) is delayed there is the
possibility the manned Mir
Missions may be  extended.

SSTV Frequency:
The IARU is still working on the SSTV Frequency.

PMS Project:
The Kantronics KPC-9612 PMS is still working Great.
Check it out on 145.985 FM Simplex.  For some reason, there are many web
pages listing
the incorrect
Mir 2-meter frequency.  The frequency is 145.985 FM simplex and has been in
use since
April 1997 and is still the primary 2-meter frequency.
The Primary PMS antenna on the Mir Base-Block was repaired a few months
ago.  The PMS
Primary antenna is a Larsen Dual-Band mobile antenna (2m/70cm). The PMS has
been using
a back-up antenna located on the Pirodia Module since December 97.  The
crew is planning
on eventually moving the PMS back to the Mir Base-Block in the near future.
  The Mir crew
spends most of their time in the Base-Block.  The move will give the crews
easier access
to the PMS.

Next Crew
SOYUZ TM-28 will be launching between  August 15 -16. Mir Soyuz TM-28 crew
will consist
of Sergei Avdeyev, Gennadiy Padalko and Yuri Baturin.  (Sergei and Gennadiy
both received
training on the MAREX-NA SSTV system in Star City). Some of the Evening
passes may be
visible and you may have the opportunity to get a view of the  Mir begin
chased by
Soyuze TM-28.
Use your tracking program to calculate the pass times.
The existing Mir crew Soyuz TM-27  ( Jan. 29, 1998 - August 98)   Talgat
Musabayev and
Nikolai Budarin will be returning to earth.

Web Page information
For general information about some of the Mir Projects, check the web page
at

     http://www.ik1sld.org/mirex.htm  OR
     or
     http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Lab/3431/mirex.htm


For information about the MAREX-NA SSTV project, check the web page at:

http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Hangar/7355/sstv_proj.htm

Keps

MIR
1 16609U 86017A   98222.33699880  .00016685  00000-0  16267-3 0  6889
2 16609  51.6602 132.1634 0006815 328.2386  31.8160 15.66346067712548
KVANT 1
1 17845U 87030A   98221.82659694  .00002951  00000-0  33289-4 0  4940
2 17845  51.6593 134.7526 0007200 326.6406  33.4247 15.66317198646578
KVANT 2
1 20335U 89093A   98221.82659694  .00002951  00000-0  33289-4 0  3207
2 20335  51.6593 134.7526 0007200 326.6406  33.4247 15.66317198495589
KRISTALL
1 20635U 90048A   98221.82659694  .00002951  00000-0  33289-4 0  1121
2 20635  51.6593 134.7526 0007200 326.6406  33.4247 15.66317198466412
SPEKTR
1 23579U 95024A   98221.82659694  .00002951  00000-0  33289-4 0   769
2 23579  51.6593 134.7526 0007200 326.6406  33.4247 15.66317198183890
PRIRODA
1 23848U 96023A   98221.82659694  .00002951  00000-0  33289-4 0  7596
2 23848  51.6593 134.7526 0007200 326.6406  33.4247 15.66317198130981
SOYUZ TM-27
1 25146U 98004A   98221.82659694  .00002951  00000-0  33289-4 0  1897
2 25146  51.6593 134.7526 0007200 326.6406  33.4247 15.66317198 30084
PROGRESS M-39
1 25340U 98031A   98221.82659694  .00002951  00000-0  33289-4 0   791
2 25340  51.6593 134.7526 0007200 326.6406  33.4247 15.66317198 13621

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